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Looking a graphical tool to manage users and groups in Ubuntu Desktop? Try the classic Gnome user settings tool.

A user is anyone who uses a computer, and users may be grouped together into a “group”. Users and groups are used to control access to the system’s files, directories, and peripherals.

For those hate Linux commands, the classic GUI tool, which was default in Ubuntu when it was Gnome 2, allows to add, remove, edit users and groups.

Like system default User Settings, it offers options to add, remove, and edit all user accounts. Though there are a few differences:

  • It can generate random password for user account.
  • Automatic login option seems not working.
  • Custom user privileges under Advanced Settings.

By clicking on “Manage Groups” button, you can then add, remove, edit groups.

To add or remove a user from a group, simply go to group properties, and check or un-check the user name under Group Numbers.

To install the GUI user and group managing tool, open terminal from system app launcher and run command:

sudo apt install gnome-system-tools

Then search for and open “Users and Groups” from system app launcher and enjoy!

This simple and brief tutorial will show you how to install the old Gnome’s Users and Groups management tool in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr.

Ubuntu Unity does not have a graphical tool for managing users and groups out of the box. However, Ubuntu Software Center provides a package with a fully integrated set of Gnome System Tools, including Users and Groups.

Open Ubuntu Software Center, search for and install the package “gnome-system-tools” (without quotes):

Once installed, open “Users and Groups” from Unity Dash: